Review: Reoriented by Tyler J. Francke

May 12, 2014

Tyler Francke’s new novel “Reoriented” tackles the most divisive issue facing modern Christianity: homosexuality. Through the fictional story of a gay student at a Christian college, Francke offers an engaging and thought-provoking exploration of “faith, scripture and sexual identity.”

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Christianity, Homosexuality and 1 Corinthians 6.9-10

January 6, 2014

1 Corinthians 6.9-10 is often cited as the final word on the Christian understanding of homosexuality. It’s trotted out as definitive proof that not only is homosexuality inherently sinful, but also that homosexuals cannot be Christians. But it’s crucial to read these verses in their wider context and to carefully consider what Paul is and […]

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The AFA and the KKK

October 16, 2013

The American Family Association (AFA) is in a tizzy because the U.S. Army listed them as a hate group in a training presentation. The Army identified the AFA as a hate group based on information from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Think the Pope said something great about gays? Think again.

July 29, 2013
Pope Francis

The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that in an interview Pope Francis said: “Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord? … You can’t marginalize these people.” This story has spread across the internet as if the Pope has said something ground-breaking about the Catholic Church’s stance on […]

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Lexical Lies and Dictionary Deceptions

July 12, 2013
Red light

In a recent online discussion regarding the Bible and homosexuality, one participant brought up the fact that Jesus never directly addressed the issue of homosexuality. To my surprise, another participant claimed that Jesus most certainly did condemn homosexuality in Matthew 15.19: “For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, […]

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Why Homosexuality Isn’t A Sin

May 17, 2013

We all have an innate sense of right and wrong, of good and evil. We all have moral law written on our hearts. We don’t all have perfect knowledge of that moral truth and we all fall far short of living up to moral standards, but in general we recognize the universal and transcendent nature […]

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Review: God’s Gay Agenda by Sandra Turnbull

May 10, 2013

God’s Gay Agenda by Sandra Turnbull is well-written, thoughtful and hopeful examination of, in the words of the subtitle, “Gays and Lesbians in the Bible, Church and Marriage.” Turnbull’s passion for not only full inclusion of LGBT individuals in the church, but also her view of the crucial role they have to play within the […]

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Steve Chalke is Wrong About Junia (but right about some other things)

January 15, 2013

Steve Chalke — the so-called “Billy Graham of England” — recently came out in support of same-sex marriage. This is huge news. It is exciting news. It is hopeful news. Chalke wrote an article for Christianity magazine espousing his views — you can read the short version of his article here and the longer version […]

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What We Can Learn From Louis Giglio

January 10, 2013
Louis Giglio

Sorry to disappoint, but I’m not going to comment on the details of the Louie Giglio story. If you’re not familiar with them you can catch up here. To me, this particular non-event just isn’t that important — the presidential inaugural benediction is a symbolic gesture that doesn’t have any real significance in the grand […]

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